Fingers crossed

Relic and extended families are happy to share spring puppy news

Bird and Ian are expecting a litter the end of April – this litter is co-bred with Kelly Sims and will be whelped in Simsbury CT

Bird and year old son Vash










Clover and Harvey are expecting a litter in early May

This litter is co-bred with Aurin Kennel and will be whelped at Clover’s home in Massachusetts.

We currently have a small wait list for puppies and are working with other interested families — if you wish to be considered for one of our puppies please see the acquiring a puppy page and fill out the questionnaire.

Spring 2016 update

I have been very remiss at website updates.  Will add past due updates as I can but for now — Welcome to the world newest litter Harvey and Bird puppies!

20160221_124700 3 male and 2 female born Saturday Jan 23rd – yet another snow storm litter!

The proud parents:

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All puppies have homes to go to, but I am planning at least one more, possibly two additional litters in the very near future…  pics and info soon.


It’s Harvest time at Relic


Meet the newest addition to the Relic Pack!

After much searching, I have finally found a new Canaan to hopefully add diversity to my breeding program in the years to come….  MEET HARVEST

Harv 1


And here’s Harvey at 3 weeks – the picture that stole my heart:

Canaan Puppy

Harvest is co-owned with his breeder Alla Geretz of HaTikva Canaan Dogs 

“Harvey” is exactly what I hoped for – one of the most outgoing little Canaan Pups I’ve ever seen.  In the first week he has been here, he has met many new people of all shapes and sizes, gone into several big box stores, and has even made his first appearance at local dog shows.  He handled it all with plenty of kisses and a wagging tail.  We have high hopes for this young man.  His cute face attracts admirers like a magnet.  Everywhere I go – someone wants to say Hiya Harv!



The best laid plans…

It’s been way too long since I have updated the site.  I hope you’ll excuse me, it’s hard to post when news is not good.   As any breeder knows, things don’t always go according to plan.  Rose and Camber were bred in December of 2012.  Rosie did not take at all, and Camber delivered only one puppy on February 20, 2013.  This puppy was named in honor of a friend’s mother who passed the night before.  “Relic’s Merry Carol”, MC or Emmy was with our crew for only 15 days.  Her sweet little body was just not made correctly and could not keep going.  Emmy’s death was devastating to all, but the hardest on her mother Camber.  My good friend Rachel took Camber for a bit to stay with her other daughter Clover and give her a change of scenery.  This worked well and helped Camber to forget and to stop searching for her lost puppy.   Camber is back with the pack now, and happy as ever.

Canaan Dog Puppy

Emmy and Camber

I will use this unfortunate event to point out to those who think “I’ll breed my dog and make money” why that isn’t a good plan!  Not only did I have the costs incurred to create this litter(s), it ended up with a night at the Emergency Room.  I had been lucky to this point, with all my prior litters being delivered easily and all puppies healthy, no complications.  So to anyone who is thinking of becoming a breeder, remember – it all to often doesn’t go according to plan!

This post finally gotten me to add an item to the site I’ve which I been meaning to for some time:

What Goes Into the Cost of a Puppy

Breeding Plans

Canaan Dog

Ch Renegade Stryker

Rose stack

Stryker has made the journey twice now from TX to New England to become a proud daddy.  In the spring of 2011 Stryker came to CT for a date with Camber and her dam Marley.  Seven exceptional pups were produced from these two breedings.



I was so pleased with the results of the prior breedings, that when it came time to pick a partner for Camber’s own first born daughter Rosie, Stryker was a simple choice.  History has decided to repeat itself, and with some unexpected timing from Mother Nature, while Stryker was here for his visit with Rosie, Camber came into season three days later.   Since this was most likely Stryker’s last hurrah, it was decided to repeat the Summer 2011 Stryker/Camber breeding as well as the current Stryker/Rosie breeding.  At this time, it appears that both our girls are expecting a litter the middle of February.   Xrays are scheduled for confirmation at the very end of January.

Camber Winning the Group

Camber Winning the Group

Due to the lack of Canaan Dog puppies produced throughout the US last year, and the timing of these two litters, I have had an overwhelming influx of calls, emails and applications.  Very few final decisions and promises have been made so far, so please feel free to fill out an application.  However, it is highly likely that all puppies will soon be spoken for and any future inquires will be placed on a waiting list and/or referred to other breeders.